Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciiosis

August 10th, 2011

Aesop and Homer realized and wrote about the incapacitating power that foot pain can have on mighty warriors like Achilles and Androcles’ lion, so what are we mere mortals to do about it?

Well the first thing to do is rule out speared heels and bloody thorns and find out exactly what is going on.  A common problem that is said to affect nearly two million American’s a year is plantar fasciitis.  This article will describe the condition for you as well as how chiropractic care can help.

The condition itself is a case of inflammation (itis) or, more commonly thought, small tearing and breakdown (osis) of the fibrous connective tissue on the soles of our feet.  It tends to be chronic in nature, and is a likely culprit for people who suffer from achy feet towards the end of the day / through the night, foot cramping and especially heel pain.  The cause is not well understood, but it is thought that improper foot wear, repetitive stress (ie long distance running) and occupations that require standing for long periods of time on unforgiving surfaces are likely contributing factors.

So now that you know what could be causing your nagging foot pain, you probably want to know what, if anything can be done to get you relief.  Traditional wisdom would have you stretching your feet and rolling your foot on a ball till you are blue in the face (or foot) which does work in some instances, but sometimes it just isn’t enough.

A significant amount of scar tissue build up can occur with this condition and without proper care can continue to plague patients for months and even years without proper care.

I personally struggled with a case of plantar fasciits in college, and after months of following my doctors advice to stretch my calves and roll my foot on a frozen ball I still wasn’t getting anywhere.  I had mostly become accustomed to the aching pain in my foot, figuring nothing could help, that was until I mentioned the then unfamiliar diagnosis I was given to my chiropractor.  He explained a little bit about it, and how he thought he could help.  After one session of some myofascial release work, a little adjusting, stretching and footwear advice my pain was significantly decreased, eventually went away, and has not come back since.

I truly believe in the power of myofascial release techniques like Graston Technique and ART for treating conditions like this and would highly recommend that you find a trained physician, like me if you are looking for a chiorpactor in Denver and end your suffering today!

Be well.